New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Graceful, Gritty Canvases at Zero + Maria Cornejo
Maria Cornejo shows just before twilight way out on the west side of Manhattan very near Port Authority. Getting there feels … wrong. The venue looks like a parking garage, but then a freight elevator takes audience members in batches of 16 or so up to a surprisingly light-filled room that feels graced with the presence of some ancient Hell’s Kitchen mechanic-turned-artist-turned-astral-plane-journeyer. The energy is industrious, luminous, wide open, otherwordly.
All images by Jessa Carter
Zero + Maria Cornejo collections always feel sort of gritty and graceful, and they tend to yield a uniform. Cornejo said this one is about clean canvases—”points of departure, a freedom to create something new again.”
Jumpsuits that feel like elegant overalls, shirtdresses that make robes seem right for work and sleeves that pop softly out the back of structural cocoon jackets, as if the thing might become a flying machine, or a reverse parachute: these were rendered in soft cottons, frayed denim, leathers and custom, sometimes double-faced, dimensional fabrics that folded and wrapped.
As always, Cornejo’s hand-loomed, organic cotton knitwear and silks were constructed, deconstructed and totally sumptuous. It’s the kind of stuff you want to live in—whether you’re making a clean start or revisiting friendly ghosts.
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—Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter